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Decision to Charge

Once the Police have completed their investigations, they will refer the case to the Crown Prosecution Service for advice on how to proceed. We will then make a decision on whether a suspect should be charged, and what that charge should be.

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Op Yewtree - CPS decision


Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "The CPS has carefully considered the evidence gathered as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to a man in his 70s from Cambridgeshire who was arrested on 11 November 2012 over an allegation of indecent assault. The CPS received a full file of evidence on 20 March 2013.

"In this case the complainant made a withdrawal statement, which maintained that the allegations were true, but in which she said that she had made a statement to lend support to any other complainants who might come forward in relation to the same suspect. The complainant said that as she would be the only complainant to give evidence if the matter went to trial, she did not want to pursue it. She confirmed to the police that she came to this conclusion of her own free will, and was aware that she, like all complainants of sexual offences, was entitled to anonymity.

"We looked at the possibilities of bringing a prosecution without the evidence of this complainant, but have concluded that there would be insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.

"The suspect has maintained his innocence throughout.

"The conclusion was that, having given careful consideration to all of the evidence gathered in this matter including the detail of the withdrawal statement and the views of the investigating police officer, it would not be in the interests of justice to compel the complainant to attend court to give evidence. Without her evidence there is insufficient evidence to proceed."